SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: From the CEO of Capitol Hill Housing (EVENT on 9/21 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Gay City)
This week we are excited to introduce a new project that will bring Seattle its first (that we are aware of) affordable housing development designed to be affirming to LGBTQ seniors.
We are planning to redevelop the parking lot of the Helen V Apartments at 14th and Union. The Helen V, which CHH has owned for 16 years, serves as an affordable home for low-income seniors and individuals with permanent disabilities. This project will upgrade the Helen V, add an entirely new mixed-use building with affordable homes, and create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ elders in our neighborhood to age in place.
For the past few months, we’ve been meeting with dozens of LGBTQ-serving organizations to better understand how we can leverage design, social programs and health interventions in the building to support aging LGBTQ community members.
This project supports our LGBTQ elders who, compared to their peers, are more likely to live in poverty, be at higher risk for illness, and have less support of children or biological family. LGBTQ seniors often find themselves isolated in traditional retirement communities, and are frequently forced back into the closet to survive.
As an organization with deep roots on Capitol Hill, we seek opportunities to meet emergent needs in this community. At a time when rising rents and rapid change threaten the neighborhood’s LGBTQ identity, projects like this embody our commitment, above and beyond developing affordable housing, to building vibrant and engaged communities.
This project will be financed with LIHTC, public funds and bank financing. In a community where there is a significant need for affordable housing, there is also a significant demand on resources. Timing of the development will not be known until all financing is secured.
We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I invite you to join us on September 21st from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium for an evening of food, speakers and conversation about health and housing for LGBTQ elders. You can register for the event here, or RSVP on Facebook.
Christopher Persons, CEO
SPECIAL EVENT: LGBTQ Veterans’ Issues Listening Session with Rep Jayapal’s staff
As part of our efforts to greater connect with all District 7 constituents, we would like to invite you to a listening session on LGBTQ veterans’ issues at Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s District Office with her staff. The Congresswoman’s office scheduled this session for September 27th, 2017 from 12-1pm at the District Office so that our staff can gain a greater insight into issues specifically affecting LGBTQ veterans. As a long-time defender of both LGBTQ and veterans’ rights, the Congresswoman is especially interested in hearing from members of this unique community on their current challenges regarding the systems with which they interact.
The main goals of this meeting will be to expand our understanding of LGTBQ veteran’s issues, facilitate a dialogue with Rep. Jayapal’s office and the LGBTQ veterans community, to increase an awareness of and identify issues affecting this constituency, and to create a safe space that can be used as a conduit to raise these issues in Congress. Also, we aim to make sure this community is aware of the different services our office provides, such as casework, and ensure these are available to constituents.
We at the District Office would so value your perspective at this meeting, and urge you to bring your questions, concerns, and ideas regarding these issues with you.
If you can attend this discussion, please RSVP with me directly. If you know of LGBTQ veterans who would be interested in a conversation like this one, please share this email with them.
What: LGBTQ Veterans’ Issues Listening Session with Rep Jayapal’s staff
When: September 27th, 2017 12-1:30pm
Where: Representative Jayapal’s District Office (1904 3rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 – 2nd floor conference room)
Director, Outreach and Engagement
Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
(206) 674-0040 (office)
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OUR FRIENDS AT GSBA:
We have just heard from the Washington Won’t Discriminate campaign that the dangerous attempt to roll back our non-discrimination laws has FAILED:For the second time in as many years, Washingtonians have come together to drive discrimination out of our state. Hundreds of businesses – from the very smallest to the very largest in our state – joined together to loudly proclaim that Washington businesses don’t discriminate! Thank you to all the GSBA members and friends who worked so hard on the campaign and among your own communities to affirm the dignity of all people. With other states around the country facing similar measures, let’s make Washington a model for the rest of the United States!A huge thanks to all those who put so much time and energy into the Washington Won’t Discriminate campaign, particularly campaign chair Seth Kirby.Our community is strong and resilient, and this is truly a day to celebrate.For equality,All your friends at GSBAAlanna, Amy, Carlos, Cody, Ilona, Jason, Louise, Mark, Matt, Rachel, and Travis
HAPPY PRIDE FROM ALL OF US AT GENERATIONS AGING WITH PRIDE!!
CHECK OUT Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen’s article in the Seattle Times
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray invites you to attend Aging the LGBTQ Way, a forum on equity, respect, and inclusion.
Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, University of Washington School of Social Work, will share information from Aging with Pride, the first federally-funded longitudinal research project examining the health, aging, and well-being over time of LGBTQ older adults (http://age-pride.org/). Other presentations and activities will focus on LGBTQ equity, respect, and social inclusion; economic and housing security; social and civic engagement; and aging, health, and community services.
Help develop recommendations for Age-Friendly Seattle. Attend workshops, build intergenerational relationships, and get resources for optimal aging. It’s a full day dedicated to aging well!
This event is FREE. Lunch and dinner are included, so RSVPs are appreciated at www.surveymonkey.com/r/
For accommodations, accessibility information, language interpretation, or childcare, contact Terry Ann at 206-386-1521 or email@example.com.
The planning team for this forum includes representatives from Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center, Generations Aging with Pride, Ingersoll Gender Center, POCAAN, Seattle LGBTQ Commission, UW School of Social Work, and the City of Seattle (Seattle Office of the Mayor, Aging King County(Aging and Disability Services), Seattle Human Services, and Seattle Office for Civil Rights). For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.